"A Faithful Attempt" is designed to showcase a variety of K-12 art lessons, the work of my art students, as well as other art-related topics. Projects shown are my take on other art teacher's lessons, lessons found in books or else designed by myself.
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Frankenstein's Monster Portraits

Here are some pics from last October. My Grade 2's made Frankenstein's Monster Portraits out of construction paper. I was inspired by THESE collages I found on Artsonia from Benfield Elementary School.

I gave kids a choice of orange or purple background paper. Then they went to town cutting and gluing and had a blast. Of course, many of the girls asked if they could make a 'girl version' so I told them about Frankenstein's (Monster's ) Bride. 
Lots of discussion here in terms of symmetry and how to create different types of facial expressions and moods. As well, of course, great practice for cutting skills.
I love how funny they all turned out!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Chalk Pastels and Glue Sunflowers

A classic, crowd-pleasing project. Grade 6 students 'drew' a large sunflower onto black paper using glue- we use Elmer's Clear Glue- makes for nice shiny black lines). 
The next class, they colour them in using chalk pastels. 
This is definitely messy, so leave extra time for clean-up!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sunflowers in Oil Pastel & Paint

So it's been sunflowers galore this month with many of my classes in school. I go through phases of hating and then LOVING sunflowers. So this year is a loving year, haha!

I had my Grade 2 class create two different artworks using Van Gogh's Sunflowers series as inspiration. For the first one they used oil pastels (took about two- 40 minute classes to complete) and then they tried again using tempera cakes (again, about two- 40 minute periods to complete).

For the oil pastel version, students drew their still life's on large 12 x 18" coloured 
construction paper. 
I used THIS LINK from the Art blog "Teach Kids Art" for some tips and tricks. Thanks, Cheryl!
My younger kids use the Crayola brand oil pastels and they're pretty good- nice and chunky for smaller hands to grip onto. The one thing I don't like about them is that the wrappers come off them really easily.

The following week, students tried their hand again at sunflowers. This time, instead of drawing them in pencil first, they went in straight with a paint brush on 12 x 18" white paper.

I find tempera trays super convenient to use with larger classes. The colours aren't as vibrant as liquid tempera, but they last FOREVER and are easy for the kids to use and share. I teach them how to mix colours on their paper. Four kids share about 2 or 3 trays at each table, with a big ice cream pail of water in the middle. It works pretty good and clean-up is pretty pain free. TIP: spray your tempera cakes with water in the morning before class to get them damp and ready to use!

Some Grade 2 results:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Oil Pastel Sunflowers

My art room is exploding with sunflower projects at the moment- I think I have 4 on the go with various grade levels, haha. Some years I am so sick of sunflowers, but I've had a break from them for a couple of years and now they're back with a vengeance, haha!

One of my classes is a mixed grade class of Grade 4-6. They created these whimsical, fantasy-like sunflowers. They could choose whatever colours they wanted and could draw either the whole flower, or just a zoomed in portion. 
They started by drawing their sunflower on black construction paper, 
then outlining it in white oil pastel.

Then they coloured them in using oil pastels- I enjoy the Pentel brand- inexpensive and effective.
Students needed to mix at least two colours within their petals and try to create a gradation through blending.

The new oil pastels I buy at the beginning of the school year stay in their original boxes. I try to get the kids to keep them as neat and organized as possible, for as long as possible. Once the boxes and pastels get a bit battered and used up, they get relegated to "the bowls"- haha! 

I bought shallow plastic bowls at Ikea and keep them stacked in a green plastic bin, also from Ikea. 
I use these bins for everything- they are super sturdy and amazing.

I ordered the Crayola oil pastels class-pack last year. I don't like the quality overall, (compared to the Pentel) but love that it comes with extra whites and blacks. I keep these separate for projects and they're pretty handy.

Here are some results from Grades 4 - 6:


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